The 12 Argentine Teams Battling Relegation: Arsenal Already Relegated
As the regular stage of the League Cup nears its end, only three matchdays remain to determine which team will face relegation. With Arsenal already condemned by the averages, the focus now shifts to the team that will descend through the Annual Table. In the final sprint, twelve teams are fighting tooth and nail to avoid occupying that dreaded spot.
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With 38 games played each, Colon, Hurricane, and Sarmiento de Junín currently sit on 42 points, positioning them for a triangular tiebreaker to determine the next team to drop to the First National division. Tiger, following their 1-0 victory against Godoy Cruz, has climbed out of the relegation zone and reached 43 points, level with Union. Higher up the table, Gymnastics, Central Córdoba, and Velez have 44 points, while Central Barracks and Banfield have 46. Slightly more relieved are Institute and Independent with 47 points.
With only 9 points left to fight for, there is little room for speculation. A setback at this stage of the championship could prove decisive for the future of each club. It is important to note that in the event of a tie in the lower zone, a tiebreaker will be held between the involved teams, rendering goal difference irrelevant.
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The Remaining Fixtures of the 12 Teams Battling for Survival
Columbus (42p): Banfield (Away), Talleres (Home), and Vélez (Away).
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Hurricane (42p): River Plate (Away), Arsenal (Home), and Atlético Tucumán (Away).
Sarmiento de Junín (42p): Newell’s (Away), Godoy Cruz (Home), and Platense (Away).
Tiger (43p): Belgrano (Away), Platense (Home), and Unión (Away).
Union (43p): Lanús (Home), Belgrano (Away), and Tigre (Home).
Gymnastics (44p): Arsenal (Away), Atlético Tucumán (Home), and Banfield (Away).
Central Córdoba of Santiago del Estero (44p): Racing (Away), Estudiantes (Home), and San Lorenzo (Away).
Velez (44p): Talleres (Home), Argentinos Juniors (Away), and Colón (Home).
Central Barracks (46p): Rosario Central (Home), Instituto (Away), and Argentinos Juniors (Home).
Banfield (46p): Colón (Home), Independiente (Away), and Gimnasia (Home).
Institute (47p): Argentinos Juniors (Away), Barracas Central (Home), and River Plate (Away).
Independent (47p): Atlético Tucumán (Away), Banfield (Home), and Talleres (Away).